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The intention is to card athletes that demonstrate performance behaviours, an effective support structure and the physical capacities required to achieve a Top 8 WCs/OGs result at some stage during their career.

  • For athletes 25 and under, ANZ-HP is generally supporting carded athletes to attempt to track towards: WCs/OGs “B” by age 25 years & WCs/OGs “A” by age 26 years for able-bodied athletes 
  • For athletes 26 and over, ANZ-HP is generally supporting carded athletes that demonstrate that they have the capacity for a Top 8 result at upcoming WCs/OGs.
  • For athletes aged 20-23 years the standards have been set to reflect an expectation of “reasonable” ongoing progression.  The performance increments are relatively small.  Hopefully this enables/allows/encourages “late developers” to enter carding.
  • For athletes aged 24-25 years the performance increments are greater as by this age as carding retention is less likely if an athlete is not tracking to WCs/OGs selection.

ANZ-HP Carding "Trigger for Review" Standards

  • Achieving a standard is a “trigger” for an athlete to be considered for carding.  It is not a "rite of passage" to carding.  Other factors will be considered such as support structure, particularly coaching support, training environment and compliance with approved periodised plans.
  • Athletes can be carded without meeting a standard at the discretion of the ANZ-HP Director providing the decision is approved by High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ).
  • Retaining carding is not solely dependent on annual achievement of age progression standards.  Carding retention decisions will be made every 6 months during ANZ-HP Carding Review meetings.  Carding retention decisions will take into account a range of factors on a case-by-case basis such as: consideration for injury or illness; progress against individual athlete Key Performance Indicators (KPIs); adherence to agreed plans; and the like.  However, lack of progression over 2-3 year is likely to eventually result in de-carding.
  • All carding decisions must be approved by HPSNZ and successful athletes must meet the HPSNZ Carding Guideline requirements which are available on the HPSNZ website.



Para Athletes will be considered for carding if they demonstrate performance behaviours, an effective support structure and the physical capacities required to achieve an “A” Standard in order to qualify for the next WCs or PGs. 


To be eligible for carding an athlete must meet the following requirements:

  • Must possess New Zealand (NZL) citizenship and satisfactorily demonstrate that they will be eligible to compete in an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) or World Para Athletics (WPA) Championship event for New Zealand.
  • Be a registered member of Athletics New Zealand (ANZ) at the time of achieving the performance standard.
  • Must not be under suspension or other sanction by IAAF/WPA and/or Drug Free Sport New Zealand for any doping or doping-related offence.
  • Must commit to sign any applicable Athlete Agreement as required by ANZ.
  • Must be in good financial standing with ANZ.
  • Must hold a current WPA License (Para Athletes only).
  • Must hold a current WPA Classification (Para Athlete only).
  • For athletes based in NZL, their coach must be a registered coach with ANZ.
  • When an athlete is carded they must continue to meet these conditions as well as comply with any established code of conduct or athlete agreement. The athlete also commits to participate in 6 monthly reviews with the High Performance Director or designated ANZ-HP Staff Member. Once carded, failure to continue to fulfil these eligibility requirements may result in the athlete’s carding being withdrawn.



All matters relating to the carding of athletes are the responsibility of the ANZ-HP Director. ANZ-HP may seek advice from any external sources to deliberate on an athlete’s carding.


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